Friday, 3 October 2014

Forex and Your Health

We tend to focus on work, the market, making money and are too busy to focus on our health.   It's pretty easy to develop bad habits.  Smoking, drinking, junk food, GMO food, and other guilty pleasures.

When you are a day trader you have a wonderful opportunity to focus on your health.  In turn you will be rewarded with a clear mind, energy, and ability to better handle stressful situations.  Plus who really enjoys trading from the hospital bed or feeling like crap, right?

Health is so important.  We put premium fuel in our cars yet we put junk food in our bodies.    If you put bad fuel in your car you'll notice it pretty much within driving a few kilometers.  Perhaps in a week at most.  However if you put bad food in your body or neglect your healthy it can take weeks, months, or years to catch up.  If you are "lucky" enough it won't catch up till you are old and your bones are brittle because your body had to get it's nutrients from your bones.

I'm no health expert but I have read up on the subject quite a bit and met many people with all sorts of illnesses like MS who have turned their life around, without medication or drugs, and gone on to become healthy or healthier.  That is what triggered my interest in health.  Plus I have had some personal experiences that made me a believer in keeping healthy.

Keeping healthy to me means I can trade with a clear mind, feel great, and have no medical issues.

My Health Tips:

  • Drink 3 glasses of water first thing in the morning before brushing teeth
  • Drink Lemon Water (freshly squeezed)
  • Don't drink pop.  Coke, Pepsi etc. 
  • Stay away from artificial sweeteners
  • Drink carbonated water (with lemon) if you crave something more than water
  • Drink Kombucha - read more about Kombucha here
  • Stay away from wheat (gluten), white sugar, white rice, processed foods, cereals, microwaves
  • Read the ingredients, if they are not all natural and contain too many chemicals and long words, they are likely bad.
  • Know your good sugars (fruits, vegetables) and bad sugars (corn, fructose, glucose, etc)
  • Know your good fats (greek yogurt, olive oil, coconut oil) and bad fats (vegetable oil, hydrogenated)
  • Butter not Margarine
  • NON GMO - Genetically Modified Foods are just evil.  Read more here
  • Most Milk and Dairy Products are bad for you.  Look for Non GMO, non pasteurized, no antibiotics, free range, etc.  Again read more on non gmo above.
  • Eat lots of vegetables and fruits.  Fresh from the market.
  • Limit your meat intake.
  • Follow the 80/20 rule.  80% vegetables/fruits/brown rice  20% meat (except fish can be 100%)
  • Make your own chocolate, breakfast, etc, it's easier than you think!  see my health tip collection below
  • Sunday declare "free day", allow yourself to eat anything you want.  Even junk food.
  • Exercise at least 3 times a week.  Try Yoga.  Badminton/Squash. Swimming. Walking.
  • Easy on the alcohol.  See "free day".
  • Find natural alternatives to any medicine.  The word disease comes from dis-ease.  Meaning something is uncomfortable. Your body's way of saying you need to do a self diagnosis.  For example, if you have a headache your body doesn't say I need an aspirin. It's a sign that you need rest or water. 
  • Surround yourself with positive people that make you happy.  Do not associate with any negative, unhealthy people.  Cut out drama, negativity, and stress from your life.
  • Sex every day  (S)leep lots, (E)at Healthy, e(X)ercise
  • For more Health Tips see this collection of pictures